What is Dogging?
Let’s start with dogging. Doggers are responsible for determining the weight and applying suitable slinging techniques to lift a load and inspecting lifting gear to ensure it’s fit and safe to use . They are also responsible for communicating with the crane operator and directing them when moving a load. This is of particular importance when the load is not in their line of site.
With a ‘Licence to Perform Dogging’ (DG), a dogger ultimately has a duty of care to themselves, civilians and other workers’ safety on/ near a site operating in the vicinity of cranes. Doggers need to identify hazards and implement control measures to reduce risk of harm, injury and damage, as well as be able to read plans and diagrams to determine how best to lift objects safely and efficiently.
Dogmen also need to be good communicators so they can guide operators in high risk situations when moving heavy loads or awkward objects. Typical objects and materials they are licenced to lift include steel plates, scaffolding, steel pipe stillage, brick cages and man/work boxes. Whether that be unloading materials with a vehicle mounted crane from a truck or around a work site with a mobile or tower crane.
For more information about how to become a certified and successful dogman and how to find work, check out our ‘How to Become a Dogman’ blog here.